Earl Grey dates to the nineteenth century tea trade when Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl Grey, was given a tea scented with local citrus blossoms during his travels in Canton. He shared the gift with friends back home, and before long the tea purveyors of Europe adopted the technique by infusing black tea with bergamot citrus from southern Italy. This Earl Grey features fragrant essential oil from the exclusive first winter pressing of Calabrian bergamots. Lesser blends rely on bergamot flavor, but Earl Grey enthusiasts know there is a big difference. The comforting lilac and citrus notes of Earl Grey harmonize beautifully with our signature blend of robust black teas from Southeast Asia.